Susun S. Weed began studying herbal medicine in 1965 when she was living in Manhattan and pregnant with her daughter, Justine Adelaide Swede. She wrote her first book--Wise Woman Herbal for the Childbearing Year (now in its 29th printing)--in 1985 and published it as the first title of Ash Tree Publishing in 1986. It was followed by Healing Wise (1989), New Menopausal Years the Wise Woman Way (1992 and revised in 2002), Breast Cancer? Breast Health! The Wise Woman Way (1996), and Down There: Sexual and Reproductive Health the Wise Woman Way (2011). In addition to her writing, Ms. Weed trains apprentices, oversees the work of more than 300 correspondence course students, coordinates the activities of the Wise Woman Center, and is a High Priestess of Dianic Wicca, a member of the Sisterhood of the Shields, and a Peace Elder.